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Awareness of human papilloma virus, cervical cancer and HPV vaccine in healthcare workers and students of medical and nursing schools

Author(s): Nilgün Güdücü | Gökçenur Gönenç | Herman İşçi | Alin Başgül Yiğiter | İlkkan Dünder

Journal: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Investigations
ISSN 1309-8578

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 318;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: HPV | HPV vaccine | cervical cancer | knowledge

Objectives: Establishment of the knowledge and theneed to make conscious in medicine students, nursingstudents and nurses due to the effective role of updatingconscious of the health workers, we aimed to assessthe knowledge of nurses and students of İstanbul BilimUniversity and affiliated hospitals about HPV and cervicalcancer.Materials and methods: Because healthcare personnelilluminate and influences the public, the survey wasconducted to medicine students of the first three years,nursing students and nurses. The reason of choosing thefirst three years of medicine students is with the beginingof the gynecology courses at the 4th year of education inmedical faculty, learning takes the place of awareness.Totally 743 participants were asked to survey but 603subjects responded (81.2%) then the surveys that wasnot asked for the identity information were taken into considerationResults: Nurses and students of nursing had betterknowledge about smear test when compared to studentsof medicine (first 3 years) and other healthcare personnel.Only 52% accepted to get a daughter vaccinated.The main reasons for vaccine rejection were the concernsabout vaccine safety (41%), cost of the vaccine (10%)and sexual promiscuity (5%) after vaccination. Religiousaspects were not considered as an obstacle.Conclusions: The awareness of HPV, cervical cancerand HPV vaccination should be increased. J Clin Exp Invest2012; 3(3): 318-325Key words: HPV, HPV vaccine, cervical cancer, knowledge
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